We’re quickly approaching the launch of the 2016 Chevrolet Camaro, and Chevy is beginning to become generous with the details it’s sharing about the latest pony car. Hot Rod was invited to drive the 2016 Camaro outside of Detroit and, in the process, learned some obscure engineering details about the car.
Foremost, there’s parts sharing occurring underneath the fancy-new sheetmetal. Much of the floor stampings are nearly identical to the Cadillac ATS coupe, as both are Alpha-platform mates. But, as Chevrolet has detailed before, the Camaro is unique in its Alpha application, with custom engineering to accommodate the proportions of a proper muscle coupe.
As Hot Rod notes, the suspension cradles in the 2016 Camaro could be swapped into an ATS coupe with ease, but the suspension links are longer to help with the Camaro’s width.
There’s even a piece of 2016 Cadillac CT6 hiding underneath the car, as the the smaller of the two new differentials, used for turbo-four and automatic-equipped V6 models, is shared directly, using a 200 millimeter ring gear. V8 and manual-gearbox V6 Camaros receive larger half-shafts and a 225 millimeter ring gear.
Other fast facts on the 2016 Chevrolet Camaro include:
- Manual-equipped Camaros still use automatic transmission fluid.
- All manual-equipped Camaros receive a clutch-style LSD. Automatic Camaros use an open differential.
- A “kazoo” pipes in extra engine noise to the towards the cockpit with the LT1 6.2-liter V8 and LGX 3.6-liter V6. Turbo-four Camaros feature sound enhancement through the stereo speakers, which can be disabled.
- The roof of the Camaro has been nicknamed the “reverse mohawk.”
- The LGX 3.6-liter V6 features Active Fuel Management, and will run as a V4.
- The lip on the transmission cooler opening creates a low-pressure area to force air in.
- Engine cooling is shared between three radiators.
If we had to toss in our two cents, the days of ho-hum engineering seem to be long gone for the Camaro.